Rancho OBGYN

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm    |    Phone: (951) 600 7066   |    e-Mail: info@ranchoobgyn.com

PRENATAL CARE

Rancho OB/GYN, in addition to optimizing your health, works closely with local High Risk specialists in the Murrieta and Temecula, CA area to make sure your baby is developing properly. Our obstetricians at Rancho OB/GYN will be there with you through every step of the pregnancy. 

I JUST FOUND OUT I AM PREGNANT! WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Pregnancy is a joyous blessing, but it also can be stressful because it is a time of great physical and emotional change. A pregnant woman’s body must adapt to the needs of the baby growing inside her. 

 

 

In order to make sure you have a healthy baby, here are the five things you need to know:

 

 

  • Find yourself a good doctor. Physicians who treat pregnant women are called Obstetricians. 
  • Make an appointment with that doctor as soon as you discover you are pregnant.
  • Keep all of your prenatal appointments.
  • Take your prenatal vitamins.
  • Get your prenatal labs and ultrasounds done as scheduled.
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WHY CHOOSE RANCHO OB/GYN FOR MY PRENATAL CARE?

At Rancho OBGyn, in addition to optimizing your health, we work closely with local High Risk specialists in the Murrieta and Temecula, CA area to make sure your baby is developing properly.

 

We also use your prenatal appointments as a way to develop relationships with you and your family. Our obstetricians at Rancho OB/GYN will be there with you through every step of the pregnancy.


We take our time in order to educate you and your family on what to expect during your pregnancy journey, answer questions about labor and delivery, and address any concerns you may have.

 

If you think you are pregnant, please call our Rancho OBGyn office to schedule an appointment because better health for both you and your baby starts here! Our Obstetricians serve the areas of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Hemet, and Fallbrook, California.

WHY IS PRENATAL CARE SO IMPORTANT?

Prenatal care is vital to ensure your baby is healthy when he or she is born. Keeping your regular appointments with your doctor will allow you to monitor your baby’s growth and health. 

 

These visits will also keep you healthy during this physically challenging time. 

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WHAT ARE PROBLEMS THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ME IN PREGNANCY?

Pregnancy is a blessing, but it can also be a time of great stress as your body undergoes many changes to grow a baby. Due to this stress, you may develop health conditions that you did not have before you were pregnant. 


Most of these conditions are not harmful to you or your baby, such as heartburn, acne, and mild morning sickness, but they can make you miserable throughout your pregnancy if not addressed by your obstetrician. 


Additionally, there are some conditions in pregnancy that can be dangerous to you and your baby if not diagnosed and treated properly. Two of the most common ones in the Temecula and Murrieta, CA area are gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension. ***hyperlink to these pages***


This is why our providers at Rancho OBGyn emphasize the importance of regular check-ups in pregnancy. If you live in the Temecula or Murrieta, CA area and think you are pregnant, please call our Rancho OBGyn office to schedule an appointment because better health for both you and your baby starts here!

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY FIRST PRENATAL APPOINTMENT?

At Rancho OB/GYN, we believe the initial prenatal appointment is the most important because it allows us to learn about you and confirm your due date.

 

We will ask you lots of questions to assess your general health including:

 

  • Your personal medical history
  • Your previous pregnancies and the types of deliveries you had
  • Any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are using
  • Your diet and exercise routine 
  • What you do for work
  • You family’s medical history
  • Any new symptoms you have been having since you found out you were pregnant
  • We will perform a physical exam
  • We will perform an ultrasound.
  • We will order lab tests to make sure you are healthy
  • We will offer you genetic screening for your baby
  • We will answer any questions you and your family have
  • We will discuss activities you can and cannot do in pregnancy

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY PHYSICAL EXAM?

During your initial prenatal appointment, one of the obstetricians at Rancho OB/GYN will perform a complete physical examination. This means we will:

 

  • Measure your weight and height
  • Take your pulse and blood pressure
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Check your whole body, including your belly and breasts, to make sure you are healthy
  • Perform a pelvic exam to make sure your cervix is closed and you look healthy down below
  • Perform a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer
  • Swab the vagina to screen you for sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ULTRASOUND?

An ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of your uterus and the baby inside.

The ultrasound probe may be placed on the abdomen (transabdominal) or within the vagina (transvaginal). 

 

Where it needs to be placed is determined by how far along we think you are in your pregnancy at the time of your first prenatal visit.

 

During this exam, one of the obstetricians at Rancho OBGyn will show you your baby and give you your first baby pictures! 

 

You will also get to listen to your baby’s heartbeat.

 

Then, we will measure your baby and determine your due date.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS?

Prenatal vitamins are important because they give your body the extra nutrients it needs to ensure your baby is healthy. Prenatal vitamins are specifically formulated to meet your body’s needs during pregnancy and offered more compared to a normal multiple vitamin. 

 

For instance, prenatal vitamins contain extra iron to help you to maintain your blood levels and prevent anemia, which is common in pregnancy. B vitamins help you maintain your energy levels during pregnancy. Folic acid is vital in the development of your baby’s brain and spine.

WHAT LABS ARE IMPORTANT FOR ME TO OBTAIN IN PREGNANCY?

The labs ordered during your first visit depend on how far along your pregnancy is, but include tests for:

 

  • Assessing your immunity to childhood illnesses like chickenpox and measles
  • A complete blood count to check for anemia
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections found in the blood, such as HIV and hepatitis
  • Testing for a urine infection
  • Testing if you are a carrier for common genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis
  • Genetic screening for chromosomal abnormalities in your baby, such as Down’s syndrome

 

Our obstetricians at Rancho OB/GYN may order you additional tests depending on your medical history and risk factors for certain diseases in pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure

If you think you are pregnant, please call our Rancho OB/GYN office to schedule an appointment today so we can start you and your baby on a path to better health. We are located down the street from Rancho Springs Medical Center and our obstetricians serve the areas of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Hemet, and Fallbrook, California.